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Agent Insights: Balon D’or Nominee Haaland Sparks Real Madrid Speculation

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There’s been a buzz in the media about a potential move for Haaland to Real Madrid.

Rafaela Pimenta, a Brazilian football agent, is recognized as one of the premier female football “super-agents.” Formerly under Mino Raiola, she inherited all of his clients, including Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba, following Raiola’s death in 2022.

Pimenta  has expressed her opinion on the links of Halaand with Real Madrid move: “Erling is the master of own destiny, always”. “He will always do what’s good for him and for Man City. When they all are open to make a change, it will happen. Erling will always be respectful”

Rafaela Pimenta told @relevo about Haaland: “For sure respect has to be on both club and player side. I’ve no doubts, Man City will respect him”. “If something has to happen one day, we will agree on every step together with the club. It’s always about respect”
Rafaela Pimenta: “You should ask him… I’m not saying the opposite; I know that but I’m not speaking for others”. “I see clear way: great sporting results come when you’re happy. Good feeling, energy… and then things happen”.
Real Madrid may decide to trigger Erling Haaland‘s Manchester City release clause when it comes into play next summer, which is believed to be around £174m.
Rafaela Pimenta (Haaland’s agent): “Would Haaland be happy in Madrid? I don’t know… Every time I go to Madrid I ask people how they live there and they always tell me that it’s good. But in other cities it’s also fine. They don’t believe me when I say it, but it’s very good in Manchester. It’s fantastic. He eats well, he has everything, he has a lot of football, people are nice, calm…”
Rafaela Pimenta (Haaland’s agent): “Difficult for Haaland to leave City? Respect comes from both sides. I have no doubt that they will respect it too. If something has to happen one day, everything will be agreed. Because there is respect for understanding the position of the other. Discuss and come to a conclusion. Solutions will always be found.”
The sensational Forward who is well respected and second in the Balan D´or Nomination 2023, he is having a good  moment at Manchester City has he remains the highest goal scorer in Premier League at the moment with 13 goals ahead of Salah.

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We’ve Made Significant Strides in CNG Adoption in 6 Months – PCNGi Director

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In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise TV program, Engr Michael Oluwagbemi, Programme Director of the PCNGI initiative, highlighted the significant strides made in adopting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a cleaner and more reliable energy source.

Since its inception six months ago, the initiative has achieved remarkable milestones, including:

Conversion Centers: An increase from 7 to 123 centers, significantly boosting the capacity for vehicle conversions to CNG.
Dispensing Stations: A surge in stations capable of serving multiple vehicles, rising from fewer than 12 to over 100 currently under development, with 35 launched in the last two months alone.
Mother Stations: Expansion from 23 to 30 stations, with an additional 18 under development by NNPCL and its partners.
Engr Oluwagbemi attributed the success to the inherent benefits of natural gas, which is cheaper, cleaner, safer, and more reliable than crude oil. He also acknowledged the critical support from the government, particularly the allocation of 100 billion naira from the palliative fund through the Ministry of Finance.

In terms of resources, the initiative has ordered over 5,000 vehicles and 500 tricycles and buses, with deployments starting next week. Additionally, 21,000 conversion kits are readily available. Collaborative efforts between state and federal governments are underway to launch similar programs in Abia, Enugu, Rivers, and Minna. Notably, the governor of Minna has already acquired 200 CNG buses to kickstart their program.

Engr Oluwagbemi also discussed the broader vision of the PCNGI initiative. Beyond the immediate environmental benefits, the initiative aims to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on crude oil, fostering a more sustainable and resilient energy future. By championing natural gas, Nigeria positions itself as a leader in energy innovation within West Africa.

Looking ahead, the initiative plans to expand its outreach and infrastructure further. Upcoming phases will include the development of additional conversion and dispensing centers, increasing the availability of CNG across the country. Public awareness campaigns will also be intensified to educate citizens on the benefits of transitioning to CNG.

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EFCC Official Found Dead in Apparent Suicide in Abuja

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An official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has tragically died in what appears to be a case of suicide at his residence in Abuja, according to reports from PRNigeria.

The deceased, a member of Course 5 at the EFCC academy, was known for his dedication and productivity within the anti-graft agency. Despite being described as hardworking and well-organized, he had reportedly been battling depression and personal challenges leading up to his untimely death.

Dele Oyewale, spokesperson for the EFCC, confirmed the incident and stated that the agency would conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. Oyewale emphasized that the EFCC is committed to providing support to the deceased’s family during this difficult time.

“Various factors, including mental health issues and personal challenges, will be carefully examined as part of our investigation,” Oyewale stated. He assured that the identity of the officer would not be disclosed until the investigation concludes and proper notifications are made to the family.

The incident has sparked discussions about mental health support within law enforcement agencies and underscores the importance of addressing psychological well-being among personnel.

“Our priority now is to understand what led to this tragic event and ensure that necessary measures are taken to prevent such occurrences in the future,” Oyewale concluded.

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End Insecurity, Economic Hardship, CAN Tells Tinubu

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Bola Tinubu-led federal government to prioritise the common good of Nigerians by ending insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice.

CAN asked the president to ensure that Nigeria’s democracy serves the people, not just the interest of a few citizens.

CAN president Archbishop Daniel Okoh, who made this call yesterday in a statement, emphasised the importance of integrity, transparency, and accountability in governance, adding that political leaders must recognise that power is a sacred trust and that they will be held accountable for their actions.

Okoh also stressed the need for unity and inclusivity, recognising the value of Nigeria’s diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, urging Nigerians to work together to build a stronger, more just Nigeria where everyone has a voice and equal opportunities.

“As we celebrate 25 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria and the 31st anniversary of the widely acclaimed ‘freest and fairest’ presidential election of June 12, 1993, the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulates the government and people of our great nation.

“Our democracy has been tested by the fires of adversity, from the struggles of its early years to the present-day trials of insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our belief that democracy is our nation’s best form of government.

“However, we must acknowledge that our democracy still faces significant challenges. Insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice continue to afflict our citizens. We emphasise the importance of integrity, transparency, and accountability in governance.

“Our leaders must recognise that power is a sacred trust, and they will be held accountable for their actions. We also stress the need for unity and inclusivity, recognising the value of our diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

“Let us work together to build a stronger, more just Nigeria, where everyone has a voice and equal opportunities. Let us work together to build a brighter future for ourselves, our children, and generations yet unborn,” he said.

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